New Country Deli
A sprawling garden center might not be the first place to stop when you're hungry. If you happen to be stuck helping a friend figure out what perennials to plant in her tiny front yard but would rather gnaw a burger in front of a television, you'd be smart to stop at Valley View Farms. Load the shopping cart full of hosta and coral bells and head straight for the deli.
You heard me right. The New Country Deli in the middle of Valley View ain't exactly Attman's, but it does a fine job with the classics: The turkey Reuben ($5.50) we wolfed down one summer afternoon was stuffed and sloppy, and the cheese steak ($4.75) was enormous, and pretty darned good. There are plenty of standards, such as corned beef and Swiss ($5) or a Kosher dog ($2.50, wrap it in bologna for an extra quarter). New Country serves up lighter fare, too, like a shrimp salad sandwich ($6.50) that looked good under the glass, but for some reason the heavy stuff sounded better to us that day. We grabbed a couple Cokes, sat at the '50s-era tables, gawked at the Colts memorabilia, and chatted it up with the friendly guy at the counter. It was a while before those coral bells got planted.